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Stoney Creek 'Take the Blame' on New Single, Live Album

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Live in ConcertHedgesville, WV -- Calv'ry Booking and Management will release Live In Concert, the new album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, on Tuesday, July 26th. The debut single, a newly crafted version of the Stanley Brothers' "I'll Take the Blame", has been released through AirPlay Direct and is being serviced to bluegrass radio.

Stoney Creek will join host Tom "Cat" Reeder on WAMU's Bluegrass Country for an exclusive premiere of the new album on July 26th. Fans can pick up the new album early at a special hometown CD release show on July 15th at Thelma's Family Restaurant in Hedgesville.

Live In Concert visits banjo and dobro player Darrell Sanders' back catalog from his days with Charlie Moore and Bill Harrell & the Virginians. Stoney Creek turns in a rendition of Moore's "I'm Leaving Detroit", as well as "Kickin' Mule (Whoa Mule Whoa)", which Darrell originally recorded with the Virginians on his 1983 solo album, "West Virginia Style".

Mandolin player Brett Smeltzer handles lead vocal duties on the classic "Sitting On Top of the World". Brett also sings a duet with Libby Files on a powerful version of the Osborne Brothers' "Midnight Angel". Libby sings several often-requested favorites here, including numbers from the Osborne Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, and Rhonda Vincent.

Guitarist Ed Barney handles most of the M.C. duties throughout the set (with some memorable lines from the rest of the band). Ed kicks off several guitar tunes and sings lead on many of the tracks, including a striking version of Jimmy Martin's classic "Freeborn Man". Ed also pays homage to the Osborne Brothers, as well as Flatt and Scruggs, and Red Allen.

Live In Concert was recorded at Thelma's Family Restaurant in Hedgesville, the band's hometown. This location, under different ownership, had been home to the band during its early days. The restaurant proved to be a key venue for trying out new material and building a local fan base during the band's formative years. The location was closed for an extended period of time, until Thelma's Family Restaurant moved into the location in mid-2010. During this hiatus, Stoney Creek had been discussing the possibility of recording a live album there if the location ever reopened. Thelma's expressed interest in bringing Stoney Creek back to the reopened venue on a regular basis, and the band accepted the opportunity. Back on a familiar stage, the band decided to finally record the long-awaited live album during the winter months of 2010 and 2011.

The album in many ways captures the full experience of a Stoney Creek concert. Live In Concert was recorded through the band's stage mics, a set-up less clean and isolated than a studio environment. As a result, Live In Concert captures the chaos and crowd presence in a way not possible in the studio. The album is essentially a "thank you" to fans, as the band selected many of the songs based on fan requests and crowd response. While some artists might avoid releasing another version of "Rocky Top", "Big Spike Hammer", or "Soldier's Joy", such tunes are included on this album because the audience wanted to hear them.

The CD release show will be held at Thelma's Family Restaurant in Hedgesville, WV, on Friday, July 15th from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Admission will be $5.00 and reserved seating is recommended. For reserved seating or additional information for the July 15th CD release show, contact Thelma's Family Restaurant at 304-754-0158.

Live In Concert will officially be available on Tuesday, July 26th. That afternoon, Country Music DJ Hall of Famer Tom "Cat" Reeder will premiere the live album and discuss the project with band members from the studios of WAMU's Bluegrass Country in Washington, DC. WAMU's Bluegrass Country is on air at 105.5 FM in northern Virginia, on HD Radio at 88.5-2, online at BluegrassCountry.org and available to iPhone and iPod touch users through the iTunes Store.
Stoney Creek's upcoming tour dates and details about the new releases can be found at the band's website StoneyCreekBluegrass.net or the band's Facebook page. Broadcasters can download "I'll Take the Blame" from Stoney Creek's AirPlay Direct page.
Booking and press inquiries for Stoney Creek can be made by contacting Calv'ry Booking and Management through CalvryBooking.com or by calling 304-268-1785.

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